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Fair warning, as this series is pretty damn Reference Overdosed. There are also Late Arrival Spoilers for all seasons except for Seasons 16 and 17 beyond this point!

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     The Blood Gulch Chronicles (Seasons 1-5) 
  • The sixth episode of the series, where Tucker mistakenly thinks he's time-traveled into the past, is titled "1.21 Giga-Whats??".
  • As Sheila dies for the first time in "After Church," she goes full HAL-9000: "I'm scared, Dave. Will I dream? Daisy, Daaaaaiiiisssyyyy..."
  • "Robot Number 2" 'speaks' in the famous five-tone melody from Close Encounters of the Third Kind before a "QUACK!"
  • Grif's first few lines in "We Must Rebuild" are directly quoted from the famous ending to Planet Of The Apes.
  • After O'Malley brags about having great experience in "training stooges," Lopez's laugh is "Nyuk, nyuk" in "We're Being Watched."
  • Andy the Bomb is more or less one of the Talking Bombs from Starship Troopers.
  • It's likely just a coincidence, but when Blue Team is trying to prevent Andy from detonating in "Defusing the Situation," Caboose tells Andy to picture a field where "there are some sheep near by... and not the kind that blow up!"
  • Church brags about feeling like a Jedi when using Tucker's Laser Blade within Caboose's mind in "Why Were We Here?".

     The Recollection Trilogy (Seasons 6-8) 

     The Project Freelancer Saga (Seasons 9 & 10) 
  • When the Epsilon iterations of Tucker and Church are trying to make up names for a fake fallen comrade, the first two they come up with are "Smith" and "Anderson." And lo, the Andersmith Running Gag was born!
  • Washington saying "That's a good look" when Maine picks up the Brute Shot seems reminiscent of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when John Connor says "That's definitely you" as the Terminator picks up the minigun.
  • Epsilon!Sarge's plan to stop the earthquakes is almost exactly like the one from The Core.
  • In "Fall From Heaven," 479er is clearly channeling Han Solo in how she orders around her crew.
    479: No, no. That one goes there, this one goes here.
  • "Party Crasher" has a few to Star Wars:
    • Tex asking York for a big distraction has him respond with a very Han Solo-esque, "Relax, it's me."
    • The Mother of Invention crashing on Sidewinder is very reminiscent of the opening of Revenge of the Sith.
  • During Epsilon and Carolina's initial fight against the Tex Drones:
    Epsilon: Sorry, Carolina, but seeing this many ex-girlfriends in one room kinda has me terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.

     The Chorus Trilogy (Seasons 11-13) 

     Season 14 

     Season 15 
It's worthy noting that even for a season of RvB, this season's pretty Reference Overdosed.

     The Shisno Paradox (Season 16) 
This season noticeably has many fewer references than Season 15 before it did, but there's still plenty.
  • The animated sequence showing Muggins flying back to Starseeds in "The Shisno" resembles both the opening credits sequence to Men In Black 2 and the "Pure Imagination" sequence in Thor: Ragnarok.
    • Relatedly, Kalirama's arrival on Earth in "Incendiary Incidents" is heavily reminiscent of Hela arriving in Norway in the latter-mentioned film.
  • Huggins and Muggins are both designed to resemble Tinkerbell (the former significantly more so than the latter) in terms of being "sentient lens flares."
  • Episode 4 is titled "Sis and Tuc's Sexcellent Adventure."
  • When Muggins encounters a very drunk Kaikaina and Tucker in "A Pizza The Action," the former calls him "J. J. Abrams" and asks "if he should be in a reboot."
  • When Tucker sees a spare suit of armor on Iris during "It Just Winked At Me," he shouts "Idea!" like in Hot Fuzz.
  • Grif tries to pass Die Hard as his own story. It doesn't work, as Huggins has seen the movie - her uncle had even played a spotlight!
  • In "Walk and Talk," when Jax is discussing the metaphysics of time travel with Wash, Carolina, Sarge, and Simmons, he tries to sum it all up as three different types with appropriate examples from movies - The "Closed Loop Theory" (La Jetée, Primer, and The Terminator), the "Alternate Reality Theory" (Star Trek (2009)), and the "Flexible Timeline Theory" (Back to the Future).
  • Most of Jax Jonez's increasingly insane behavior during the production of his Red vs. Blue movie is clearly meant as a Homage to the (in)famous behavior of Stanley Kubrick and Michael Cimino (the latter of Heaven's Gate infamy).
  • During Donut and O'Malley's fight across time and space in "Paradox," the time gun is weaponized to be reminiscent of the the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.

     Singularity (Season 17) 
  • The name of the first episode of the season is A Sitch in Time. Amusingly, Jason Weight has claimed that the names being the same is a massive coincidence.
  • In "Everwhen," Sarge claims that the titular "soft-time" anomaly sounds like "a Neil Gaiman novel." Meanwhile, Simmons compares it to "a Pearl Jam album" (which is also a Mythology Gag to Jason Weight claiming that was the reason why he decided not to use "Everwhen" as Season 17's title).
    • There's also a hilariously subtle example within the same episode - Namely, when Sarge is telling Donut to shut up during the latter's last attempt at explaining the Everwhen, Sarge is singing the phrase "Shut up!" to the tune of "Blue Skidoo".
  • The depiction of Wash as a Paradox Person in "Schrödingin'" is similar to the "out of sync" individuals seen in BioShock Infinite.
    • Speaking of "Schrödingin'", the episode is (obviously) named after the famous Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment.
  • Wash winds up channeling a certain dog when he sums up the situation he is currently in at the start of "The Not-So-Good Ol' Days":
    Wash: Up there is the body of your old pal, York, surrounded by a bunch of other bodies, and one son of a bitch pretending to be a body so he can turn you into a body... And that's fine, this is fine. No, dammit, this is not fine!
  • When trying to decide on what points in time to mess up, Genkins dismisses several moments as "Too fast, too furious."
  • As detailed in Freeze-Frame Bonus on the page for this season, "Finally" has a link to a hidden deleted scene on YouTube where the Blues' erasure during Reconstruction happens physically Thanos-style.
  • The initial illusion crafted for Sarge by the Labyrinth in "Omphalos" is similar to that of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but it quickly morphs into a Halo version of the famous Normandy landings as depicted in Saving Private Ryan.
  • In Griff's Labyrinth-fueled illusion, Coach Prestwood shoots at Griff's feet, screaming "BANG! BANG! BANG!" loudly in a very familiar tone. The reference is even more obvious considering he was holding a magnum.
  • The title of the final episode of the season - "Theogeny" - is an intentionally misnamed version of "theogony," the term used for the birth and origins of the ancient Greek gods. Relatedly, the season's penultimate episode ("Omphalos") is named after the supposed "center of the world" where the Oracle of Delphi lived.

     Public Service Announcements and Other Videos 
  • During an early PSA on tattoos, Church suggests that if the viewer does get one, it should of "your favorite character from your favorite online cartoon". It then shows a picture of Strong Bad. Church then grumbles "I meant your other favorite online cartoon", which then shows Gabe and Tycho.
  • The "Grifball" PSA claims that the titular sport is managed by "The American Grifball League of America."
  • During the "Getting Away From It All" PSA, Caboose tells Sarge that he always wanted bunk-beds, just like Weiss Schnee.
  • According to Wash in the "Hard Truths" PSA, Sarge's suggestions that he gave him for improving the series were all episodes of Happy Days with Sarge in the role of the Fonz. Additionally, Grif mentions during the "friend-tervention" of Sarge that he feels an appropriate punishment for Sarge would be "Like a thousand years of Groundhog Day, but for a looping period of 20 seconds."
  • A PSA promoting RTX 2018 features Carolina fangirling over Troy Baker as Revolver Ocelot.
  • Four Simmons start the first verse of Kelis' infamous "Milkshake" song, much to Grif's sheer horror in the "Diversity" PSA, with the Simmonses being cut off at "and they're like-". Additionally, Sarge starts to cheerily sing "The Circle of Life" during the same PSA when he's attacking the other Reds and Blues with a mounted turret. Finally, the PSA also has a Running Gag of Caboose looking for his pet chinchilla, who he named after Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • In the Long List of new holidays that Simmons is shilling products for during the "New Holidays" PSA, Groundhog Day is repeated three times. Also, one of the new holidays is simply called "Kevin".
  • Sarge slips into a traumatic flashback after looking at a painting depicting the fall of Icarus during the "Cultural Appreciation" PSA.
  • The new house Grif moves into during the "Moving Out" PSA has what, at first glance, looks like a glass-bottom swimming pool. Only here, it turns out the pool doesn't even have a bottom.
  • The "Cyber Insecurities" PSA has Simmons mention him having written Firefly FanFic titled "Yes, Serenity!".
  • During the "Snowed In" PSA, Simmons leads the Blues and Doc in playing "Canyons and Cockbites" so as to stave off Cabin Fever. Additionally, Simmons' character in the game is described as being "an Orc Dragonborn Barbarian Wizard."

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